My Scandinavian orchids

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It is freezing outside, about 18 below zero, but I am indoors, working with photos of flowers. That is a portfolio of wild Scandinavian orchids. I bet many of you don’t know we have orchids so far north, and that even goes for norwegians. But I know, and I have been  fascinated of these plants for years and have thousands of photos, so I probably should use even more time. But I did a few:

http://bentehaarstad.photoshelter.com/portfolio/G0000h4oXnAz6wls#I0000fEJfnNRwcB0

By the way, I still have the problem that I can’t comment on so many blogs. Can’t mention all but among others: Madhu, Johan Steller, Carlos, Barbarelka, Myay Mayau, Susanne J. Rogers, Sriramjanak, One Owner, Caleephotography, and with the new design, Nia.

In my photo gallery I have more pictures of wild Scandinavian orchids.

 

 

92 thoughts on “My Scandinavian orchids

    1. Breathless, yes, but the Scandinavian orchid flowers are usually quite tiny, so you have to get close to see the beauty. And they are all over the world, the orchids are one of the two largest families of flowering plants.

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  1. I took the opportunity to go through your gallery (thanks for the link) and am very impressed by the flowers and the photography. I have tried growing them myself but had very little success but we have a conservatory that has several very nice plants in a greenhouse. And the light is perfect for photos, too.

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    1. The same answer goes to you as to Victoria, Ken. Sorry if I was misleading you to believe I am growing orchids. Oh that is really impossible here, except the tropical ones you buy for the window sill. But we have native species, living in the wild, which I love to photograph. (Hello Ken, no more One owner?🙂 Nice)

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  2. Your orchids are lovely, Bente.

    (and I certainly would never have thought you could grow Orchids that far north, but then I naturally assume your home is heated in winter which would make growing plants indoors possible).

    It seems I am not the only person with computer problems – mine prob. is related to photo loading.

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    1. Oh, it seems my post is a bit misleading, Victoria. I am not growing any orchids, the one I tried having in a pot, died, and outside it is impossible. The ones in my photos are all wild ones, photographed in the nature.

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  3. What lovely orchids. I can picture you crawling around on the ground to get these images. I always thought orchids were very fussy to grow indoors, but I was given one that did quite well for me… until I had an aphid invasion that wiped out nearly all of my indoor plants. I would think much depends on the type orchid.

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    1. You around, I do a lot of crawling around orchids. Not this one so much, since it is the biggest on. I have hardly tyied the indoors types, but have heard new hybrids are easier to msucceed with. Thanks, Gunta.

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  4. I recieved a beautiful orchid plant for my birthday recently and am enjoying its company in my home tremendously, and so your post was extremely timely and interesting. Am going to take more care in the future to look closer at wild flowers that look like they might be orchids. Perhaps I will get lucky and spot some down here on our side of the planet. Thanks for another intresting and inspiring post!

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  5. the orchids are so beautiful plants. But I guess I dishonour them on my walks through the Norwegian landscape. Next time I will be more attentive. They are absolutlely worth it.
    I cross my fingers that your comment problem getting fixed soon!

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    1. They are not everywere, except for one that are in most marshes ((Dactylorhiza maculata), and some can bee hard to notice, and they or more or less rare. Wll worth to get to know, I recomend!

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  6. No. Didn’t know.🙂. Fabulous!
    I also have had issues with WP. Some people that I followed have disappeared off of my filling list and I don’t get emails from them anymore. I don’t know what’s going on.😦. Is it something I said????

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  7. Very nice gallery. The first one has centers that look like evil skulls . . . I was hoping to see more evil skulls, but that was the only one. Yes, the others are also nice.

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  8. So colourful and beautiful. Orchid is one of my favourites, no doubt about it, I think one of the reasons is that orchids don´t look like flowers at all, they are unique.

    Jota.

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  9. Con la noticia de esas flores y con las fotografía que veo, maravillosas, me has dejado en el pasmo más absoluto.
    Felicitaciones sin restricción posible!!!!
    Saludos cordiales. Al

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  10. Bente, you have totally left me jealous. You have far more beautiful orchids than any one person should have.🙂 Hope you are enjoying the winter season.

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  11. You sure do have some beautiful orchids! It is interesting to see them that far north. We have one here similar to the one you featured in this post, but I have seen only white ones. We also have Coralroot here, both spotted and striped.

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  12. Your photos are just gorgeous. Isn’t it amazing that nature packs in so much detail into a tiny space🙂 Some of the orchids look just like the wild ones which grow over here in Scotland…..and just as you say often even Scottish people are amazed when I show them these little treasures.

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  13. It is a beautiful plant. And you’re right, I would have thought it would be too cold to grow in Norway…live and learn, eh! I particularly also like the Fly orchid in your Scandinavian galleries. Excellent photos, bente!

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  14. Very beautiful images – yes, there are orchids in lots of places that most people don’t know about, and often you have to look very carefully to find them. I’m glad yo do that!

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